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Loyola University New Orleans features jounalist Peter Bergen For seventh annual Fr. Carter Lecture Series

Loyola press release - March 28, 2002

(New Orleans)—The seventh annual Fr. Carter Lecture Series will feature journalist Peter Bergen, internationally known for his face to face interview with terrorist Osama bin Laden. The lecture will be held on April 18, 2002, at 7:30 p.m., in Roussel Performance Hall, located on Loyola's main campus at 6363 St. Charles Ave. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Bergen is one of only a few Western journalists to have interviewed the world's most wanted man, bin Laden. Bergen has covered him and the Jihadist terrorist network for CNN for nearly a decade. He has interviewed scores of insiders, from bin Laden associates and family members to Taliban leaders to CIA officials to former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. As a widely respected authority on global terrorism, he has traveled extensively to the places where al-Qaeda has flourished-among them Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, England, and Pakistan.

Bergen's book, Holy War, Inc: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden, was scheduled for release in 2002 but because of its relevance to America's war on terrorism, was published early. It will soon be released in paper back.

This lecture series honors Loyola's longest-tenured president, the Rev. James C. Carter, S.J., who served at the university 20 years. The series seeks to feature a speaker of national prominence whose humanity and character have enabled him or her to promote social justice in his or her life and work. Past speakers have included Susan Sarandon, Sister Helen Prejean, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Dr. Beck Weathers, Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Edward James Olmos and Erin Brockovich.

About Peter Bergen

Peter Bergen received his B.A. in modern history from New College at Oxford University in 1984, when he also moved to the United States. His expert commentary is seen and heard on CNN, ABC News, PBS, National Public Radio and the Daily Telegraph of London, where he has produced a variety of news stories and documentaries. He covered the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and the bombing of the USS Cole, reporting both from Washington and Yemen. He has written extensively about Islamic militancy, and his articles have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Washington Times, Vanity Fair, and The Times of London.

Bergen is the recipient of numerous journalistic honors including the Pew-Journalist-in-Residence at Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies, the Overseas Press Club award for best foreign affairs documentary and the Leonard Silk Journalism Fellowship.

Bergen will sign his book, Holy War, Inc: Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden, after the lecture and a question-and-answer period. Books will be available for purchase.